Ministery of Defense reaction and followUp
<img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-28896" title="100325-N-0696M-029" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2010/07/032510131014_100325-N-0696M-029-660x439.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="439" /> As Pentagon leaders go, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen spoke to reporters and answered questions about the release of classified war documents by the website WikiLeaks.
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LONDON — Human rights groups said Tuesday they've asked WikiLeaks to censor secret files on the Afghanistan war to protect civilians who've worked alongside the U.S. and other foreign forces from reprisals. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and three other groups have sent a series of e-mails to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calling for the names of Afghan civilians to be removed from the 77,000 classified military documents published by the online whistle-blower last month.
By JEANNE WHALEN A group of human-rights organizations is pressing WikiLeaks to do a better job of redacting names from thousands of war documents it is publishing, joining the list of critics that claim the Web site's actions could jeopardize the safety of Afghans who aided the U.S. military.
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(updated below – Update II – Update III) When the controversy first arose over the lack of redactions in the war documents released by WikiLeaks, the website insisted that, using the New York Times as an intermediary, it had asked the Obama administration for help in removing names of Afghans before releasing the documents, a claim the Pentagon vehemently denied. The New York Times , needless to say, sided with the Government — that’s what the NYT does — but they did so by simultaneously confirming the truth of WikiLeaks’ version of events.
I guess those who care about international press freedom can take comfort in the fact that Marc Thiessen no longer works for the government. On the Washington Post website , the former Bush Administration speechwriter and harsh interrogation booster , offers his view of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
US Congressman calls for Wikileaks whistleblower to be executed - We don't like whistleblowers in the armyA US Congressman has called for the bloke who leaked secret documents to Wikileaks to be executed. Congressman Mike Rogers says he supports execution for the soldier involved if he is ultimately found guilty. This splendid example of humanity is a Republican who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, which must shorely be some mishtake.
Let's be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise.
Our own Jason Perlow sent me a link to a Washington Post editorial entitled WikiLeaks must be stopped .
T his post also appears on GAP Homeland Security Director Jesselyn Radack's Daily Kos blog .
Julian Assange's WikiLeaks has been called "a terrorist organisation" by Fox News. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters
The Obama administration has asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider criminal charges against Julian Assange for his Afghan war leaks.